Definitions for "Core Subjects"
In the National Curriculum, core subjects include English, mathematics and science, and in Welsh-speaking schools in Wales, Welsh. Foundation subjects are technology, history, geography, music, art, physical education, a modern foreign language and, in non-Welsh-speaking schools in Wales, Welsh.
The most essential parts of the National Curriculum around which the rest is built. The three core subjects are Maths, English and Science. In Wales, Welsh replaces English as a core subject The remainder of the National Curriculum consists of Foundation Subjects.
Mathematics, English, Science, a Modern Language plus a technology subject make up the Core Subjects and most young people at mainstream schools are expected to study them.